Cloud-Native Architecture Benefits
Now let’s dive deeper into some of the benefits of a cloud-native approach:
1. Faster Development and Better Software Releases
The combination of CI/CD, DevOps, and the ability to reuse building blocks of containers and code and other components such as APIs, rules, and workflows speeds development and supports more frequent releases. Modularity translates into speed and simplicity with tested software delivered to production faster.
Using DevOps practices, IT staff can quickly develop, integrate, and test software — deploying it incrementally, as it’s ready. Using “fail fast, fix fast” methods, issues are spotted and solved early, before getting to the customer, which produces an overall better experience. The CI/CD process updates software seamlessly, with no disruption to the customer, all while bringing customer-driven services quickly to market.
2. Reduce Costs/Efficient Budget Use
The overall workload of managing the cloud environment becomes more automated in cloud-native environments. Elastic computing, which is the term used for scaling up and down as needed, means companies needn’t have always-on infrastructure.
From a build perspective, tested microservices can be embedded into other clusters without new testing cycles, saving resources. Repeatable processes can be managed via IT automation, reducing staff time. In addition, organizations can realize indirect savings through reduced downtime.
3. Ease of Management
Major cloud vendors such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud provide serverless platforms. This means that they, not you, handle network configuration, provisioning, scaling, and management of cloud instances. Developers simply provide the code and event triggers to run it.
4. Reliability/Improved Business Continuity with Resilience
Business continuity is essential in modern digital enterprises. Because services are loosely-coupled, cloud-native architecture improves redundancy and fault tolerance, and automated recovery.
The containers and Kubernetes approach mean failed containers are swept out and new ones are deployed automatically, which greatly reduces downtime. This resilience has the added benefit of lowering costs and conserving resources for other IT priorities and supporting reliability.
5. Choice Through Open-Source Standards
Organizations are using multiple environments — a mix of on-premises, public clouds, private clouds, and hybrid. By developing cloud-native applications, they don’t have to make code changes to run these applications on or across different infrastructures. This portability means companies are not locked into any one vendor.
6. Better Customer Experiences
Cloud-native applications and architecture are independent of the infrastructure. Therefore, the business and IT can create a collaborative culture that dedicates more resources to meeting business requirements and examining how customers experience the software.
Cloud vs. Cloud-Native
So, what’s the difference between cloud and cloud-native, really?
Cloud is like having an application that runs on someone else's computer. You just use the application while that other person takes care of running the application and making it accessible to you, as well as the computer itself.
Cloud-native is like using another organization’s whole computer farm to reinvent how your applications work and run to take advantage of the benefits of that massive computer farm.